Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR — Residents on Foot and Willmar lakes are joining to improve water quality in the Willmar chain of lakes. Approximately three dozen residents gathered Tuesday evening to begin the process of reviving the Willmar/Foot Lakes Association with water quality as the goal. They met also with representatives from the city of Willmar, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Hawk Creek Watershed Project to identify the issues they want to address.
ELY - "Do they get violent in the water?'' my 12-year-old paddler in the bow asked in response to my whispered instructions from the stern to keep paddling. The consternation in Roman Roed's voice was obvious. We had just spotted the mud-colored antlers and head of a bull moose in the river channel, his body entirely submerged. But now he had spotted us too, and he rose like a submarine from the water. Now my novice wilderness trekker could appreciate the full size of his body.
NEW LONDON — When you no longer have faith that you can move the bog, turn the job over to 10 farmhands. With three motor boats, a pontoon boat, and a chainsaw with a three-foot bar, Kevin Lundberg and his crew of 10 farm workers removed a 20- to 30-foot-wide section of the bog that has plugged the channel or pass linking Norway and Games lakes since last summer.
BENSON — After nearly four years of litigation that included trips to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court, the dispute between the Glacial Plains Cooperative and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company returns to the courtroom where it all started Friday.
SPICER — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed infestations of zebra mussels in Norway and Diamond Lakes. Along with the two lakes, the DNR is also adding Games Lake and Lake Andrew and two adjacent wetland complexes to the list of infested waters since they are connected to Norway Lake, the department announced Monday. It brings to nine the number of lakes infested by zebra mussels in Kandiyohi County. The invasive mussels were previously confirmed in Green Lake, Lake Calhoun, George Lake, Nest Lake and Lake Florida.
WILLMAR — Good-paying jobs in the technical trades go waiting for a lack of trained technicians to fill them. Ridgewater College auto mechanics instructor Jon Friton has a good idea why. High schools have pulled back on technical education, and students just are not exposed to the opportunities the technical trades can offer. They aren't learning at home, either. Friton said parents and grandparents just don't work on their own vehicles so much, and people are more apt to throw away a lawn mower than fix it.
APPLETON — One of western Minnesota's largest ecosystem restoration projects is making "slow but steady progress,'' in the words of Walt Gessler, manager of the Lac qui Parle refuge with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DNR are working to restore the ecological integrity of Marsh Lake, west of Appleton. The $12.93 million project aims to clear the turbid, and largely rough-fish dominated waters of the 5,000 acre lake in the Upper Minnesota River Valley.
SACRED HEART - Two drivers escaped serious injury in a semi-turck and farm tractor collision in Renville County that sent both vehicles into a wetland about three miles southeast of Sacred Heart on Friday afternoon. The Renville County Sheriff’s Department reported that Wayne Berglund, 81, of Montevideo, was driving a 2007 Volvo semi-tractor pulling a belly dump trailer loaded with sand northbound on County Road 12.
GRANITE FALLS — Law enforcement officers did not need a search warrant to search a vehicle for contraband when they opened its door to lock it, after arresting its driver, and saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight. In a decision released Tuesday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the May 24, 2017, conviction of Jordan Lee Downwind, 26, of Montevideo, for unlawful possession of a firearm. He is serving a 60-month prison sentence.
WILLMAR — Incumbent Willmar City Council member Audrey Nelsen seeks to continue to represent Ward 4. Nelsen filed Friday to seek a second full term on the City Council. She is one of four incumbent council members up for re-election. No other incumbents had filed as of Friday afternoon. Two Willmar women have filed to run for the Ward 2 seat. Filing closes Tuesday. Nelsen was first elected in 2013 to serve the unexpired term of Doug Reese. She then ran successfully for her seat in the fall of 2014.